Saturday, June 17, 2006

Juvenile illustrated fiction
Juvenile Illustrated Fiction (JIF) books are books with plenty of pictures but a more sophisticated storyline and broader age appeal than our picture books. Look for them on the spinner shelves in the children's area of each branch of the Juneau Public Libraries.

Gas line contract needs to benefit the people
The Alaska Gasline Port Authority's all-Alaska gas line appears to be in the best interests of the public, judging by the polls asking Alaskans which gas line proposal they would like to see pursued in Alaska. In the Alaska Constitution (Article 8, Section 8.1), it clearly points out, "It is the policy of the State to encourage the settlement of its land and the development of its resources by making them available for maximum use consistent with the public interest." It seems, for some reason, the Murkowski administration has forgotten to mention maximum benefit is not solely for the benefit of the state's treasury department, but also for the benefit of the public - the very public who technically owns the resources to begin with.

Gas line contract needs to benefit the people
The Alaska Gasline Port Authority's all-Alaska gas line appears to be in the best interests of the public, judging by the polls asking Alaskans which gas line proposal they would like to see pursued in Alaska. In the Alaska Constitution (Article 8, Section 8.1), it clearly points out, "It is the policy of the State to encourage the settlement of its land and the development of its resources by making them available for maximum use consistent with the public interest." It seems, for some reason, the Murkowski administration has forgotten to mention maximum benefit is not solely for the benefit of the state's treasury department, but also for the benefit of the public - the very public who technically owns the resources to begin with.

Photo: Heavy lifting
World Wide Movers employees Anthony Middendorf, left, and Ron Williams steady a magnetic resonance imaging machine made by Siemens, as a crane lifts it off a trailer Thursday at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Community Cheer
While many tour guides' and bartenders' wallets depend on the gratuities they earn each tourist season, Alaskan Brewing Co. employees give their tips away.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Correction
A story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire implied that Aleknagik Natives Limited, based in Dillingham, is a village corporation for Dillingham.

Photo: Fire-fighting practice
Capital City Fire and Rescue crew conduct a live fire training exercise Thursday at 1380 Fritz Cove Road.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Saceda and Hurt wedded
Nichel C. Saceda and Franklin R. Hurt, of Juneau, were married May 27 at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas.

Living and Growing: 'Me love you, Daddy'
There are days marked on a calendar that highlight the different relationships we have with other people in our lives. Mother's Day, Grandparent's Day, Valentine's Day, and Groundhog's Day, to name a few.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from around the community

Fitzjarralds celebrate 50 years
Roger and Bonnie Fitzjarrald celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 3. Roger Weldon Fitzjarrald and Bonnie Lynne Beard were married on June 3, 1956, at First Methodist Church Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla.

Big Sister outing
Big Sister Virginia Smiley kayaks with Sacha Williams, 10, during the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Juneau organized outing on Sunday at Twin Lakes

Martins celebrate 50 years
Phil and Yvonne Martin, of Juneau, celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 15

Koda, Mr. Big are friendly felines
Koda, top, is a 6-month-old male tiger cat with long hair. He is absolutely gorgeous with huge yellow eyes and long whiskers. He is very friendly and loves it when you tease him with a feather. Come and check out this big boy in the country room at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Forrests celebrate 50 years
Dick and Judy Forrest, of Juneau, celebrate their golden anniversary on June 16.

FYI
News about the peple you know

Thibodeaus celebrate 25 years
Rick and Gail Thibodeau, married Aug. 12, 1981, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary at 7 p.m. June 26 at Chapel by the Lake.

Johnson and Reynolds to wed
Mary Rose Johnson, of Juneau, and John Israel Reynolds, of Tillamook, Ore., will marry at 3 p.m. July 8 at Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at 4 p.m.

Lipsky and Lee to wed
Trisha Candice Lipsky, of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Adam Joseph Lee, of Hoonah, will marry at 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at Chapel By the Lake in Juneau. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. at the Baranof Hotel.

Alaska editorial: Congress needs to let Alaska decide how to spend its money
Congress just can't let go of Ketchikan's bridge.

Time machine could inform gas debate
I wonder if Gov. Murkowski saw the movie "Back to the Future"? I ask because it would help if lawmakers and he could ride with Marty McFly and Doc Brown in their fictional DeLorean time machine back to the days of the 20th century robber barons that sparked Alaska's drive for statehood.

My turn: Look past copycats for reasons behind Native suicides
My turn: Look past copycats for reasons behind Native suicides

Juneau Jambaars drop friendly match in regional warm-up
In their first competitive game in nearly nine months, the Juneau Jambaars U-13 boys soccer team dropped an exhibition contest Thursday in Boise, Idaho.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Bodybuilding legend Draper comes to town
This Saturday morning presents a dream opportunity for bodybuilding buffs or anyone who wants to know more about exercise.

EPA points out road plan flaws
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the state's plan to extend Glacier Highway 50 miles to a planned shuttle terminal may result in "substantial and unacceptable impacts" to wetlands and a waterway along the proposed route.

Bill bans state from spending on bridges
Alaska is barred from spending federal transportation dollars on two bridges that spawned a national debate about congressional pork, according to a bill passed Wednesday by the U.S. House.

State settles lawsuit over Ketchikan inmate's death
The state of Alaska has paid $573,000 to settle a lawsuit over the death of an inmate at the Ketchikan Correctional Center, according to attorneys representing the inmate's mother.

Dead whale turns up 1,000 miles inland
Talk about a fish, er, cetacean, out of water.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Court OKs no-knock searches
The Supreme Court's conservative shift has paid off for police.

Sockeye forecast could disappoint all users
Commercial fishermen in the Upper Cook Inlet are already wringing their hands over weak sockeye run projections, but the forecast could be full of dreary news for all sockeye user groups.

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